Patents Assigned to Kohler Co.
  • Patent number: 11028564
    Abstract: A handshower cradle assembly includes a waterway body, a handshower cradle, and an actuator. The handshower cradle is coupled to the waterway body. The actuator is configured to reduce a flow rate of water through the waterway body in response to a handshower being received within the handshower cradle. In some embodiments, the handshower cradle is configured to engage with the actuator under the weight of the handshower to adjust a position of the actuator with respect to the waterway body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ball
  • Patent number: 11028567
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes a sump and a trapway extending from sump at an inlet of the trapway. A jet orifice is disposed in the trapway at approximately the inlet and defines an angled axis that is oriented upwardly toward an upper wall of the trapway and rearwardly toward an interior of the trapway. The jet orifice is configured to direct fluid from a fluid supply source to the trapway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Smith, Lawrence E. Duwell, Donald G. Bogenschuetz, Billy Jack Ahola, Peter W. Swart, Scott R. Krebs
  • Publication number: 20210164200
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout, a water level sensor, and a controller. The spout includes a water outlet having a first set of nozzles oriented at an angle with respect to a central axis defined by the water outlet such that water discharged from the first set of nozzles converges at the central axis at a focal distance from the water outlet. The water level sensor is disposed on the spout, and is configured to detect a distance between the water outlet and a level of water in a container disposed below the water outlet. The controller is configured to control the flow of water through the water outlet based on a comparison between the detected distance and the focal distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Patent number: 11021861
    Abstract: A toilet includes a bowl portion, a rim portion, and a reservoir. The bowl portion defines a bowl cavity that is in fluid connection with a trapway. The bowl cavity is configured to hold a volume of water to provide a water seal for the trapway. The rim portion extends about an upper portion of the bowl portion. The rim portion defines an internal rim cavity that extends about an upper portion of the rim portion and a plurality of apertures that extend from the internal rim cavity and through a sidewall of the rim portion to direct water from the internal rim cavity to the bowl cavity. The reservoir is in fluid communication with the internal rim cavity and the bowl cavity and configured to receive a supply of pressurized water from a water source and direct at least a portion of the pressurized water to the internal rim cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Keith E. Muellenbach, Randy O. Mesun, Kyle L. Hokel
  • Patent number: 11021863
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a bowl having a sump, a passageway, a fluid conduit and a valve. The passageway includes an entrance fluidly connected to the sump, an outlet, a dam located between the entrance and the outlet of the passageway, and an inlet located between the dam and the outlet of the passageway. The fluid conduit configured to supply a volume of water into the passageway through the inlet. The valve located between the inlet and the outlet of the passageway, wherein the valve is configured to retain the volume of water in a closed position prior to a flush cycle to affect a siphon during the flush cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Smith, Billy Jack Ahola, Mark Baumgartner, Larry Duwell, Don Bogenschuetz, Peter Swart, Tobin Vetting
  • Publication number: 20210153697
    Abstract: A shower panel includes an infrared heater and a panel assembly. The panel assembly includes a deflection surface. The infrared heater, located near the panel assembly, produces infrared rays in the shower cell. The infrared rays heat the general space of the shower cell. The deflection surface includes a profile that contains various deflection features that deflect the stream of water toward the user in the shower cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Patent number: 11015325
    Abstract: A faucet configured for single-hole installation includes a center body within which a connector body defining hot and cold water inlets and an outlet is supported. A pair of side bodies are attached to the center body about opposite sides of the center body. Bridges including flow paths extend between and connect each side body to the center body. A valve supported within the first side body fluidly couples the hot water inlet with the outlet via the flow path of the first bridge responsive to rotation of a handle supported by the first side body. A valve supported within the second side body fluidly couples the cold water inlet with the outlet via the flow path of the second bridge responsive to rotation of a handle supported by the second side body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William Robert Bares, Jacob R. Frye, Brian J. Mooren
  • Patent number: 11015330
    Abstract: A toilet includes a base and a basin. The base supports the toilet on a surface. The basin is supported by the base. The base defines a primary toilet outlet and a secondary toilet outlet spaced apart and independent from the primary toilet outlet. The basin is supported by the base. The basin defines a primary basin outlet and a secondary basin outlet. The primary basin outlet is in fluid communication with the primary toilet outlet by way of a primary drain path. The secondary basin outlet is in fluid communication with the secondary toilet outlet by way of a secondary drain path independent from the primary drain path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Keith E. Muellenbach
  • Patent number: 11008978
    Abstract: A carburetor drain apparatus includes a carburetor bowl, a fuel supply pipe, a fuel drain pipe, and a bail interface. The carburetor bowl is configured to store fuel and provide the fuel to an air passage. The fuel supply pipe is connected a fuel tank and the carburetor bowl. The fuel drain pipe is connected to the carburetor bowl. The bail interface is configured to operate in response to actuation of a bail to open the fuel drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Terrence Michael Rotter, Jarrod J. Jackett, Mark Jason Huibregtse, Michael James Dins, Jonathan Thomas Bykowski, Michael Jon Duwe, Brett Michael Wegner, Michael James Tursky, Adam John Reich
  • Patent number: 11001995
    Abstract: A lavatory includes a basin including a bottom surface, the basin configured to hold a volume of water; and a drain opening disposed in the bottom surface of the basin. The bottom surface of the basin includes a substantially horizontally extending projection formed integrally with the bottom surface of the basin. The horizontally extending projection is disposed over the drain opening such that the drain opening is at least partially obscured from a view of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Cristian Mastellotto
  • Patent number: 10995482
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a tank; a bowl; a mounting bracket comprising a base and three mounting locations; a valve having a valve body extending through the tank and an opening in the mounting bracket; a valve nut coupled to the valve body with the base of the mounting bracket retained between the tank and the valve nut; a flexible gasket disposed around the valve nut between the mounting bracket and the bowl; and three fasteners disposed externally to the tank, wherein each fastener extends through one mounting location and a hole in the bowl to couple the mounting bracket to the bowl; where the three mounting locations are arranged to provide both a pitch adjustment and a roll adjustment of the tank relative to the bowl about respective first and second axes in response to adjustment of one or more of the three fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Peter William Swart, John F. Emmerling, Scott W. Stonecipher, Billy Jack Ahola
  • Patent number: 10987680
    Abstract: A spray head for directing water into a spray pattern that includes a casing configured to receive a supply of water and a plurality of nozzles disposed on the casing with each nozzle being configured to emit water in a stream away from the casing. The plurality of streams of water from the plurality of nozzles are configured to form a hyperboloidal shaped spray pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Margaret C. Mazz, Rafael A. Rexach
  • Publication number: 20210100405
    Abstract: A shower receptor includes a base having a floor surface configured for a user to stand on. The floor surface includes a first portion having a first coefficient of friction and a second portion having a second coefficient of friction. The first portion is an etched area of the floor surface that defines a surface texture having a depth. The second portion is an unetched area of the floor surface. The first coefficient of friction of the first portion has a first value when the first portion is wet and the second coefficient of friction of the second portion has a second value when the second portion is wet. The first value is higher than the second value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Stout
  • Patent number: D916246
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Jordan Meyers, Gregory de Swarte, Drew Johnson, Andrew J. Stokes
  • Patent number: D916253
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO
    Inventor: Sarah K. O'Brien
  • Patent number: D916254
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Adam M. Moller, Shawn J. Booth, Richard C. Kong, Carlos F. Uceda
  • Patent number: D916500
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO
    Inventors: Drew Johnson, Tory L. Hayner
  • Patent number: D919765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: William C. McKeone
  • Patent number: D920484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Drew Johnson
  • Patent number: D920765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: William C. McKeone